Mindfulness and personal identity in the Western cultural context: A plea for greater cosmopolitanism.

Abstract:

:In the psychological sciences, mindfulness practices are increasingly being used, studied, and theorized, but their indigenous theoretical foundations in Buddhist accounts of the dynamics and psychology of personal identity tend to be overlooked. This situation is mirrored in the discipline of philosophy: here, Buddhist views on personal identity are beginning to draw attention, but almost invariably in a way which entirely blanks out the role of mindfulness practices in cultivating Buddhist insights on selfhood. The aggregate result is a failure, in the West, to reflect upon and seriously consider Buddhist theory and Buddhist practice in an integrated, holistic fashion. In its effort to overcome the compartmentalization of Buddhist theory (in philosophy) versus Buddhist practice (in psychology) and to embrace the challenges this might pose to fundamental Western beliefs about the self, this paper is intended both as a plea for and an exercise in greater, more venturesome cosmopolitanism.

journal_name

Transcult Psychiatry

journal_title

Transcultural psychiatry

authors

Panaïoti A

doi

10.1177/1363461515573106

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2015-08-01 00:00:00

pages

501-23

issue

4

eissn

1363-4615

issn

1461-7471

pii

1363461515573106

journal_volume

52

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